Welcome to The Children's Museum of Wilmington or CMoW as we like to call it! Come explore, play, and learn with us! 

We are 17,000sqft and 4 floors of fun hands-on exhibits for children ages 0-10. 

Take a virtual tour here!




We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit community supported organization that is committed to educating and inspiring imaginative, independent thinking through hands-on science, math, and art experiences. We rely on your charitable contributions to keep that commitment. 


  • Admissions and Hours

    Hours of Operation        

    Labor Day through Memorial Day:

    Monday: Closed

    Tuesday - Saturday: 9 AM - 5 PM

    Sunday: 1 PM - 5 PM

    Memorial Day through Labor Day:

    Monday - Saturday: 9 AM - 5 PM

    Sunday: 1 PM - 5 PM


    Adults/Children: $9.75

    Military: $8.75

    Seniors: $8.75

    Children under 12 months: Free

    ACM/Anytime Members: Free

    Weekday Members: Mon.-Fri. - Free, Weekends- 1/2 Price Admission

  • Upcoming Events



    Museum Mashup

    November 18th 

    9am - 12pm

    Did you miss making colorful slime on New Years Noon or eating paleontology pudding at Dino Day? Join us on Museum Mashup when we rewind the year and revisit some of our favorite museum activities! Our staff will pick our most popular stations from all of our 2017 monthly events for one huge day of activities! We're going back in time to celebrate the best of the best!



    Polar Express Day

    Dec 9th and Dec 16th


    We are officially SOLD OUT of general admission tickets for both Polar Express events! We are very grateful for the overwhelming support! We are sincerely sorry for those who were unable to purchase tickets to either event. We have to limit ticket sales to accommodate our members and maximum capacity, however, if we find that we can safely allow more guests in the Museum we will be sure to update everyone immediately. Thank you for your support and understanding!


    Wear your favorite pajamas and be whisked away to the North Pole on our 3rd annual POLAR EXPRESS DAY at the Museum! Ride the train around the block, sip on hot cocoa while you create holiday crafts, and tell Santa himself your holiday wish.The only question to answer is: Do you believe?


    *General Admission Ticket SOLD OUT

    *WEEKDAY MEMBERS: Emails with the date/time/procedure on how to purchase your Polar Express Day tickets for BOTH days have been emailed out. If for some reason you have not received an email yet, please check your spam folders. If our email is not in there, please email info@playwilmington.org with your updated contact information and we will resend it. Thank you for your support and excitement.

    * This event is included in ACM/Anytime Membership benefits (to learn more about CMoW Memberships click here)

  • Kids Cooking Club Program on WECT

    Kids Cooking Club Program featured on WECT

    Click the title above to check out The Children's Museum of Wilmington on WECT News to learn about our DELICIOUS Kids Cooking Club program with our Director of Art and Early Childhood Education, Mary Ellen!

    Kids Cooking Club is every Tuesday at 3:30 PM
    StoryCOOKS is every Thursday at 10:00 AM

  • Specials

    Protocol will donate 10% of sales to CMoW and customers will save 10% on purchases.

    Join us Thursday, November 9th from 4:00pm to 7:00pm at Protocol 3502 Wrightsville Ave # A
    Wilmington, NC 28403